We’re hearing a lot about social distancing right now – avoiding crowds, staying home, and limiting contact with people at high risk of developing severe symptoms if they catch the coronavirus.
But what does that mean when hiring a cleaner, moving house or making home improvements?
Here are the easy changes you can make next time you need a job done:
1. Sort out the details remotely
Many tradespeople offer free on-site quotes, but if you want to limit who comes to your home, try a video call instead (think Skype or Zoom). Sometimes getting a look at the area through photos or video is enough to give you a solid price.
2. Ditch the handshakes
Greet people with a wave, and let workers know where to find soap & water to wash their hands before and after the job’s done.
3. Spend less time face-to-face
Got a tendency to “hover” while the work’s getting done? Dial that back a bit by just letting workers know where you’ll be if they need you.
4. Pay online where you can, to minimise passing notes back and forth
Most small businesses can give you a bank account for direct deposit, or a way to pay via card like PayPal. If cash is the only option, try to prepare the exact amount.
5. Don’t be afraid to reschedule
If you’re feeling ill or have had contact recently with someone positive for COVID-19, let your tradie know as early as you can that you need to reschedule.
“There’s a few extra precautions you can take when you need something done at home and want peace-of-mind” according to ServiceSeeking.com.au CEO and co-founder Jeremy Levitt.
“And of course all the usual precautions still apply, like checking online reviews and getting a range of quotes before you decide who to hire. Tradies are doing great deal to win jobs right now, in case the lockdown conditions deteriorate.”